Zelenskyy speaks with China’s Xi, Russia blocking grain corridor, what’s up with agro ban?

27 April, 03:00 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Thursday, April 27, 2023.

●     Zelenskyy and Xi Jinping in first conversation since Russian invasion
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had his first conversation with Chinese leader Xi Jinping since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion, Zelenskyy announced via Twitter on April 26.

●     Four unidentified drones found near Moscow in 48 hours. What does it mean for the Kremlin?
Three crashed UAVs have been reported across Moscow Oblast following another explosive drone discovery on April 23 near the town of Noginsk, east of Moscow, security officials told the state-run TASS news agency.

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●     Civilian killed and Italian journalist injured by Russian shelling in Ukraine
Russian forces fired upon the Antonivka Road Bridge in Ukraine's Kherson Oblast, killing a Ukrainian civilian and injuring Italian journalist Corrado Zunino, Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General’s Office said in a message on its website on April 26.

●     Russia blocking Black Sea grain agreement — Ukrainian Navy
Russia has once again stalled the operation of the Black Sea grain corridor, the Ukrainian Navy said in a Facebook post on April 26.

●     How does Russian propaganda end up in Western media? Presidential advisor has answers
How does Russian propaganda end up in Western publications?

●     Russia wants to restore its influence in Baltic states by 2030, strategy documents show
The Russian government developed a long-term strategy in 2021 to use “soft power” to leverage Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, several media outlets reported on April 26, referring to documents obtained by a consortium of international journalists.

●     Amid war, Ukraine marks 37th anniversary of Chornobyl disaster
Marking the 37th anniversary of the disaster at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on April 26 honored the memory of the liquidators who died tackling the reactor fire at the plant.

●     What’s the deal with the grain ban by Ukraine’s allies? — expert analysis
Why are Ukraine’s East European allies boycotting Ukrainian grain, what have the farmers lost, and are the problems of unity within the EU?

●     Russia ground to standstill in Bakhmut, Kyiv says
While Russian forces are inflicting devastating blows on Bakhmut, they are still far from capturing the town, Ukrainian Operational Command East spokesman Serhiy Cherevaty told Ukrainian broadcaster Channel 24 on April 25.

●     Ukraine cannot launch counter-offensive until weather improves, expert says
Weather conditions are the key reason behind the delay of the long-anticipated Ukrainian counter-offensive, military expert Mykhailo Zhyrokhov said in an interview with NV Radio on April 24.

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